The Nursing Mother Cat
Articles dealing with issues about the mother cat with nursing kittens
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- * Dual Mothering
Should you let two mothers share their kittens between them? Should you give a kitten from a large litter to a mother with a smaller litter to care for? Learn the pros and cons of dual mothering.
- * Eclampsia
Every breeder should be able to recognize the signs of eclampsia - your queen's life may depend on it.
- * How To Prevent Kittens From Nursing On Their Mother
Sometimes nursing kittens must not drink their mother's milk. She may be sick, have mastitis or must be put on a medication that is harmful to her kittens. Other than completely separating the queen from her newborns, how can you stop her kittens from nursing? This article answers all your questions.
- * Kittenless Cat Allows Nursing & Produces Milk
Even though she has not given birth to the kittens, occasionally a cat will develop milk production if kittens stimulate her teats by nursing.
- * Mastitis
Mastitis is an infection of the mammary gland of a nursing cat that can be life-threatening. Learn how to check for it and what to do if your queen develops mastitis.
- * Mastitis Medical Case History #1
Follow the symptoms and treatment of a young Exotic Shorthair female who develops mastitis after giving birth to a singleton kitten...
- * Mastitis Medical Case History #2
This is the case history of an Abyssinian female that developed an unusually fast-acting mastitis infection that required surgery...
- * Nursing Mother Cat In Heat
Occasionally a mother cat will come into season while she is still caring for a litter of kittens -- and this can affect her milk to the detriment of her nursing babies.
- * Poor Maternal Instincts In A Cat
Most cats are excellent mothers, so it can be very disheartening when a queen fails to properly care for her kittens. Evaluating the degree, seriousness and consequences of the individual queen's poor mothering instincts will allow you to formulate a plan to either improve her mothering skills or eliminate her from your breeding program.
- * Red Raspberry Leaves and Marshmallow Root
Did you know these two simple herbs can be used to supplement your pregnant queen's diet and help her have an easier delivery and produce more milk?
- * Surrogate Mother Cat
While a breeder can take on the task of hand-rearing some of the kittens, a surrogate mother, if available, is a better solution.
- * Rodent Ulcer In A Nursing Queen
Jasmine Alexander of Snobelle Chinchilla Persians shares her story of treating a rodent ulcer on the lip of a cat that was still nursing a litter of kittens.
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